Bayern great Franz Beckenbauer to Sat1: "Why are the English to blame when Bayern is not able to convert their dominance? Luck was on Chelsea's side this time and that is why they are deserved Champions League winner. Nonetheless, Bayern was the better team for most parts of the game."
Again, inevitable (almost weekly) question: Has Roberto Di Matteo done enough to secure the Chelsea job full-time? If not...my word. Tweet, Facebook - you know the drill. Go for it.
And how about Roberto Di Matteo? Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti and more - so many managers have been in the Chelsea hotseat since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, and so many have failed to win the trophy he craves the most. Bobby D rocks up - BANG! Trophy won. Sorted.
Bayern goalscorer Thomas Miller on Sky: “That is football. We have seen it in the past: It is not always the better team that has the cup in the end. When you score in front of your own fans so close to the end and then you watch Chelsea holding the cup, you can see that a lot has happened and feelings have changed. It was hard to find words for that. But football is not everything in life.”
Arsenal supporters, despite knowing they can no longer become the first London club to win the Champions League, are absolutely loving it tonight. They’re all over the poor Tottenham fans on Twitter - give them a break, eh, chaps? Spurs boss Harry Redknapp’s even at the game tonight. Mixed feelings for him, I’m sure, with his side dropping to the Europa League and nephew Super Frankie Lampard lifting European glory. To quote my boss: WHAT. A. NIGHT.
smart sam on Twitter:
“what's next for Bale and Modric. Barca and Chelsea calling. hahahahahahahhaha #gunnersrulesnorthlondon”
John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa (ahem) are right in the centre of the celebrations to lift the trophy together as the Champions League music is played over the PA system. Even Roman Abramovich - he of little words or public appearances - joins in the fun by holding the trophy aloft.
Roberto Di Matteo to Roman Abramovich: "I told you, I told you - I won it!"
Nothing wrong with John Terry collecting the trophy, by the way. He’s the captain - why shouldn’t he? Had that been the likeable Nemanja Vidic or Robin van Persie, there wouldn’t be a problem from anyone. Anyway, that’s for another day! Music which I can’t quite recognise blares out at the Allianz. Roberto Di Matteo picks up his medal, Roman Abramovich congratulates his players and Chelsea are about to party.
A distraught Arjen Robben is consoled by a Bayern chief and Uefa president Michel Platini as the runners-up go to collect their medals and walk past the Champions League trophy. And here come Chelsea - John Terry ‘en all...
Richard Evbuomwan on Twitter:
“Di Matteo definitely have a permanent now,.. The man who's brought to reality Abramovich's dream…”
And, of course, commiserations to Tottenham, who will be playing in the Europa League - not Champions League - next season due to Chelsea’s triumph.
Chelsea fan Dan Levene in Munich: “Never thought it would happen. Least of all here. Tears in my eyes: 28 years supporting this club, and European Champions. The Chelsea end awash with blue flags. Singing, dancing, many more tears I'm sure. As Sir Alex put it in just such circumstances: ‘Football - bloody hell!’”
Akinsor Oladotun on Twitter:
“Harry Redknapp must b feeling like he just got mugged......europa beckons....Bale! Off!...Modric! Off!!!”
Wow. Chelsea’s first ever Champions League triumph - and what a way to do it. Having defended for so long, who would have thought they would have gone on to win? Thomas Muller scores - all over? No. Didier Drogba gives away a penalty - all over? No. Bayern go 2-0 up in the shootout - all over? Not a chance. Just amazing.
Chelsea have won the Champions League!! Didier Drogba, in what could be his last game for the club, scores the winning penalty! That could be his final ever touch in a Chelsea shirt! Incredible! Exclamation marks just don’t do this justice!!
Bayern 3-4 Chelsea: DROGBA WINS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR CHELSEA!!!!!
DROGBA TO TAKE WHAT COULD BE THE DECIDING PENALTY...
Bayern 3-3 Chelsea: SCHWEINSTEIGER HITS THE POST!!